Friday Round-Up

girl_with_lassoTime for this week’s round-up of the best of the blog posts which I’ve read over the past week. These are the posts that have moved me, taught me something, inspired me, and which I’ve wanted to share with you. Just click on the highlighted links to read the posts. If you have written a post which you would like readers to see, just leave a comment below.


I am starting off this week’s round-up with a terrific interview by Therese Borchard with  Dr. Elisha Goldstein on mindfulness and relaxation techniques. Dr. Goldstein brings much experience and wisdom on the topic to readers who are willing to try train the mind to stay centered on the moment. And in a similar vein, Brenda’ latest post, Where the Sky is Born touches on the power of meditation as a healing force in her life.

Kim in a thoughtful post, has been pondering this week on life’s road blocks, her compassionate feelings for the passing of Daria and of Brenda’s husband, and finally listening to her body, using her intuition and being proactive on dealing with some back pain.

Nancy celebrated her birthday this week and the occasion was also a time for some deep reflection which you can all about on her blog.

Thanks to Anna for pointing out Dr. Linda Rubin’s contribution to the Pink Ribbon Blues debate over this past week.  Dr Rubin writes of ” the huge gap between the festive, cheerful, public discourse on breast cancer and the distressing emotions, negative outcomes, and fears of death experienced by vast numbers of women.” A theme taken up by Feisty Blue Gecko this week too.

I am grateful also to Anna who continues to do such great work on highlighting the reality of living with metastatic cancer and just today, she has posted on the fact that only two percent of research funds go to metastatic cancer. Anna will admit that she loves a good rant, but I say thank goodness for the ranters in this world, particularly when they write as intelligently and persuasively as this.

While the tone of my own blog in general is upbeat, I do not deny the dark side of cancer and I have written here many times of my own struggles with depression and anxiety. I think it is important to acknowledge both the light and the shade in our lives. And one of the women I admire so much for doing  just this is my friend Debbie who this week has written the post Blessed Instead of Depressed on her blog.

I mention that Debbie is a friend and she is a dear friend to me who I met online. I am amazed at how the internet is redefining the nature of friendship and I love what Val has written on her blog this week on this very topic of internet friendships.

Well that’s it for this week’s round-up – another week of terrific thought-provoking blogs. Looking forward to more of the same next week.

Have a great weekend!

Yours in health

Marie x